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Wolverines boot Lions
By John P. Mullen
  If Loogootee ventured into White River Valley territory thinking they just needed to show up in order to win, then they received another thing coming in the way of a depressing loss as the host Wolverines booted the Lions back into reality with a 47-39 defeat. The visitors doomed themselves from the opening tip by turning the ball over on their first five possessions without ever getting a shot attempt.  
  Save for freshman Conner Wittmer, Loogootee’s offense was nearly as cold as the temperature outside. He scored eight of his team-high 15 early on, but the black-and-gold were still down 16-10 after one period.  
  A bit of foul trouble and some better defense prevented WRV from adding to the lead in the second stanza, and John Baugh’s only basket late in the frame got Loogootee within 2 points at intermission.  
  Wittmer added his second trey in the third as did Bryant Ackerman, but they were offset by 3’s from the game’s leading scorer, Jared Shelton, and his running mate, David McNeal. With eight minutes to play, the scoreboard favored the Wolves 29-28. Loogootee had a couple of opportunities to tie the score in the final 100 seconds, but open three-point looks rimmed out and a flurry of late free throws on the backs of some shaky officiating helped propel #11 WRV past the #6 rated Lions.  
  Besides Wittmer’s 15, Ackerman threw in 13. The supply was short from there, however, as Hogan hit two buckets and Baugh finished with three. Jordan Arvin and Josh Divine scored just two apiece. The 15 turnovers and three wide-open lay-ups that did not go down had a lot to do with the difference as did losing Shelton and McNeal on defense where the two combined for 33 markers and four three-pointers. Divine did distribute five assists while Wittmer and Baugh added four each. Wittmer also added five rebounds and three blocks with Ackerman pulling down four and swatting away two shots. The ‘L’ dropped Loogootee’s record to 10-4.
   On the other hand, the junior varsity executed better down the stretch than they have all season in knocking off an undefeated WRV reserve team, 34-30.  
  Matt Tucker showed the way with a dozen while Kirk Lengacher added eight with boys’ guys nailing two tri-fectas each. Waylon Matthews also stroked two bombs and rang up seven while Clinton Burch added a seventh three-ball and scored five. Daniel Wildman added an impressive reverse lay-up in the fourth period to keep the baby Wolves at bay. Cade Hill had half of his unit’s points, finishing the game with 15.  
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Junior John Baugh looks to make something happen along the baseline against the White River Valley Wolverines last Friday night at Switz City. Baugh finished with 2 points in a losing effort as the varsity Lions dropped their fourth game of the year 29-28.
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Junior Varsity Lion Kirk Lengacher goes up for the shot in JV action against WRV.  The JV defeated the Wolverines 34-30 which Lengacher picked up 8 points.